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The experience of acupuncture care from the perspective of people with chronic low back pain: a grounded theory study.

Authors
  • Stomski, N J1
  • Mackintosh, S F2
  • Stanley, M2
  • 1 School of Heath Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 2 School of Heath Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acupuncture in medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2014
Volume
32
Issue
4
Pages
333–339
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/acupmed-2013-010477
PMID: 24785538
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Clinicians using acupuncture as a management strategy for low back pain may elicit an immediate sense of calmness in patients with subsequent well-being benefits. A sense of calmness may also be enhanced through providing a relaxing physical environment. The transactional and interpersonal processes of establishing trust and rapport, and shared decision-making are important for clients. Shared decision-making can be improved by clinicians carefully considering the explanation of issues and plans to a particular patient, especially by developing an understanding of each patient's worldview and using language that the suits each individual's healthcare orientation. Our findings should be interpreted cautiously as the results may be generalisable only to private practice in affluent countries, and whether the findings are representative beyond this setting remains unclear.

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